V4 Sneak Peek #9: Shading Dark ShadowsI love this part.V4 Sneak Peek #9: Shading Dark Shadows2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Shading is when the flat colors come to life, light falls on the scene, shadows form, and magic glitters.
Twenty pages of Volume 4 are shaded and ready to roll- ten more, and the first Chapter will be done.
The shading is going at a good clip thanks entirely to Liz and our intrepid freelancers- THANK YOU GUYS! They're laying down the hours of work it takes to block in the flat colors, paving the road to a finished book.
And sometimes they add a little extra...
The State of Web Comics + My Intentions with SYACAbout SYACThe State of Web Comics + My Intentions with SYAC7 months ago in Personal More Like This
One of the reasons I focus so much attention on Marvel and DC is because they’re big companies who should know better. They are made up by hundreds of people all chipping in little bits here and there, and for that there is no excuse for bad artwork, bad writing, or bad material in general. They are, to an extent, a bit of a cheap shot, but everyone can learn from their mistakes and I can offer my opinions about them and what I personally would do differently. And if you’re paying money for their products, I think you deserve good content in return, no?
SYAC is, at it’s core, about how comic artists and the comic industry works and poking fun at the various things they get wrong... and sadly that includes a lot of really hot button topics like Women’s Rights, Sexism, Racism, Homophobia, etc. Comics are no longer their own sheltered little thing... they’ve been THRUST into the mainstream audience and all of these problems we or
Character Secrets: Hooks, Gaps, and Caring Here's the last tip I mentioned in "Be Clueless, Write Awesome:"Character Secrets: Hooks, Gaps, and Caring1 month ago in Personal More Like This
If the reader doesn't care about the characters, he won't care what happens to them. End of story.
It doesn't matter how many brilliant twists unfold in your masterpiece- all just more stuff nobody will read. Unless your characters make an impression- fast. Which begs the question.
A few incredibly simple tools have worked wonders for me.
But first, one important distinction.
I've seen this advice over and over- that readers must 'like' the protagonist, that having a relatable lead character is mandatory.
Readers do not have to like your character. They don't even have to relate to your character.
They only have to do one thing: Care. Be interested. Burn to see what happens next.
You could write about a kindly old man walking his puppy to the grocer, and he could be the most likeable, relatable codger imaginable- but if he's bor
Collecting all icons in one place :DIf you sent me an icon or made me an icon that is not under with the others, let me know and I will add you.Collecting all icons in one place :D2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I felt like collecting them like MizAmy has. I will also add new icons I get/buy from people here aswell ^^ so this will be my icon collecting journal xD <3 herpderp
:A Wild Snuff Appeared!: by PrePAWSterous- CE - griffsnuff by VlSl0NCon - Snuffen by JoNmlRCE: Griffsnuff by Bienoocontest entery for snuffen by inugouNOMNOM by BananemHats are for Wearing -CE- by TheMidnightMage:thumb347315210:Nomnom by SmusheyGriffboing by yeagar:CE: Snuffen - jumping icon by TheFailedDream:CE: Snuff Dance Icon by FluffehButtC-Entry: Snuffen by Cittyy:thumb349063257:You're A Wizard Snuffy by ForTheLoveOfWalrusSnuffen Ball by Hellfire-FelineGift For Griffsnuff by AusieOtterPieSnuffen by Locomatic:thumb368360466:
random gift by kudohazamasanSnuffen Icon by toucSnuffen .:CE:. by shibe-intensifiesDancing Snuffen 8D by CainttMai fish: griffsnuff icon contest entry by MizalAlexieeSnuffen1 by ClefairyKidSnuffen2 by ClefairyKidSnuffen3 by ClefairyKid:thumb347314850::CE: SNUFFEN by PuffySmoshSnuffenPedoWink by HalliovaSnuffen eating your hats... by SkaieBluePixle Gurrfsnuff Contest Entree No Sise Varrations by Creepsalote78snuffen icon by Avian1131:thumb348
V4 Sneak Peek #8: Pencils DONE!Good morning, sir!V4 Sneak Peek #8: Pencils DONE!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Or madam. As you prefer.
I have an update- the reports are true. Volume 4 pencils are done! Every story page in the book is penciled, and merely awaits color, your eminence.
Chapter 10 is blocked, and nearly all of Chapter 11. Chapter 12 is in the works. So I ought to be able to bulldoze in and start shading up a storm. I'm hoping I can KO about a Chapter's worth of shading every month.
To hit that stride, I'll have to take a break here and build a Prelude pad, KO a few commissions, try to get caught up on e-mails and... egads, when is the last time I replied to someone in the art accounts?
Bad, bad David.
I'm being stingy with samples from Volume 4 here because I want to avoid spoilers. But have some random art advice:
One of our freelancers was interested in how to draw fabric- what makes it look natural, that sort of thing. I doodled this up. The most helpful analogy we dis
Ask Me Anything: Answers 3- LoreAsk Me Anything: Answers 3- Lore10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Is there a way for both races, both dreamkeepers and nightmares, to co-exist
peacefully without further conflict? I mean, given into account that the dreamkeepers
used to have all sorts of powers before the law came down, there must be someone
in that world that can adjust a non-conflict spell to encompass the globe, turning
the two races into something like negative and positive magnets, in which they
would never be able to attack the other or even get close enough to harm each
other with violence, save for those who live in their own races. Or a emotion-manipulating
spell that causes nightmares to be friendly and non-hostile whenever they encounter
a dreamkeeper, and vice versa for dreamkeepers as well.
If someone could brainwash other sentient beings on a scale sufficient to change
the balance of global reality, I could only imagine the hell of unexpected side
effects that would ensue. And even then the change would only last
I see armies of Froggies...The last two weeks brought many new developments and news:I see armies of Froggies...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
At first we have entered a new year, so:
Happy 2013 everyone! May you achieve all your dreams and wishes!
After celebrating the 1000th page view only two weeks ago, views still rose exponentially and surpassed the 2000 mark just yesterday!
By the time I got around to type this journal entry, we are already about 79 past that mark again.
So you deserve a VERY BIG THANK YOU for all that ongoing interest in my works. You can't imagine how much I appreciate it.
The most exciting news for me was, that my Little Froggy wrist Gatling gun was chosen as a DAILY DEVIATION on December 23th!
What a magnificent Christmas present!
I was understandably totally dazzled and freaked out by this honor bestowed upon my lil' fellow.
The results were unbelievable more than 6500 views and almost 800 favorites in 24 hours for my Froggy!
Also I received many many comments, inquiries and requests and I thank you for every one of them.
Well, this leads t
10 Years of ControversyOver the past couple days I’ve had a number of people write me comments basically saying “You’re becoming too preachy, you’ve lost a fan.” And outside the silliness of publicly mic-dropping like that, it got me wondering... what?10 Years of Controversy8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Ya see, It’s always surprises me when someone says that I’m becoming too preachy, when in fact I’ve been preachy from the beginning. Don’t believe me? Take a look below!
This is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination, but these are essentially THE MOST controversial comics and illustrations I’ve ever done in the past 10 years.
2004 - Made a picture about how no one really cares about Global Warming http://andysartworks.com/global-warming
2005 - Took the side of Jark in the Deviant Art hostile overthrow controversy. http://andysartworks.com/i-support-jark
2007 and Onward - Made a series of “Danny and Spot” comics dedicated towards defending the Wii from the hatr
Critiquing Critiquing StoryStory: Turns out you're doing it wrong.Critiquing Critiquing Story3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Everyone is- and what's more, anyone who tries to make a foray into storytelling without having mastery over their efforts merits endless scorn.
I've had the privilege of sharing advice with some other creators of late, and seen some of the (usually anonymous) criticism being leveled at their work. It's noteworthy for being intense, superficially sophisticated, and misguided.
Now, there are two kinds of creators out there. Those who don't give a fig for what other people think, and dismiss all criticism out of hand.
...Those creators tend not to improve.
Then there are those who care about the quality of their work, take pains to make it enjoyable for others, and are receptive to feedback.
These individuals have the most potential as writers, and are also most vulnerable to their efforts being permanently deformed by vindictive critique.
They'll be assured their characters are flat cutout
My Thoughts on #GamerGate NowI’m not in favor of it.My Thoughts on #GamerGate Now3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I have desperately been trying to keep an open mind about the movement, but the more I’ve seen of how that movement acts I just can’t in good conscience root for it. I thank all the people who were willing to give me a second chance and send me links to positive things the movement is trying to do... but ultimately the whole genesis of the movement seems to be to harass women OUT of the gaming industry, and the mountain of proof piling up is pretty damn damning.
Like I said in my last journal, I do honestly believe there ARE people in the GG community who DO believe 100% in the goals of the group and who are absolutely LOVELY and WONDERFUL people. But the more I see of how the GG movement was started, how they speak to each other, how they plan to attack and target specific individuals... I kinda feel like those wonderful people are being used, or at the very least duped. And that bothers me a lot.
It’s particularly tel
Be Clueless, Write Awesome.Why finish anything when you might not be good enough yet?Be Clueless, Write Awesome.1 month ago in Personal More Like This
There are myriad ways to avoid completing a project, and one of them is to become the eternal student. Always learning, always improving, so that future hypothetical story keeps getting better and better... While somehow never making its way into reality.
But on the other hand, it might help to know a bit about swimming before jumping overboard. So where do you draw the line? What do you absolutely need to know before getting your feet wet with a story?
I can't speak for anyone else. But when I started Dreamkeepers, I didn't know jack about story.
I didn't know about inciting events, verisimilitude, thematic armature, pinch points, none of it.
Quite simply, I did not know what the hell I was doing. Which makes for an interesting question about my first books.
Why don't they suck?
Professional reviewers have said "the writing was absolutely golden," that they were "completely blown awa
8D creative challengeOMG I wake up and so many people did it so far!!! That is so awesome! take a look8D creative challenge1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I WILL not be adding more 8D but take a look at these ones anyway! you can always post your version in the comments below so people can see yours there.
GriffSnuff's Creative Challenge by LilySpring Nymph Lady and The Pretty Flower by Hellfire-Feline Creative Challenge - Griffsnuff Entry by Jocyhope Little Parrot by LeftyNinja Balloon In The Forest by pinkbunnii Creative challenge Derp by Kinla Griffsnuff Creative challenge by MizAmy :thumb416453567: :thumb416448217: .Creative Challenge. by Lyrhiant I took a challenge by CaptainDashund :thumb416461436: griffsnuff: Creative Challenge 1 by pixielog Creative Challenge - AFRO LIZZARD by kittenScientist Creative Challenge Willows by Ithlini Color Challange (with Video) by T-Harley challenge accepted by Kya-Sandora Upside Down by Pheoniic 1 Layer Creative Challenge by Elephantfreak :thumb416551441: Griffsnuff's Creative Challenge by coloured-prisms Pulse by FoxBold Ichiya thingamabob by HoneyShuckle Creative Challenge by xKurrMeowx Octopus by The-Snalf :thumb416498637: Challenge picture by derFluechtling FANCY KICK. by DilaraOezkan Creative Challenge by Growlipsis Creative Challenge by Seelensucherin Creative Challenge by sisaat Color challenge by Leaglem :thumb41646775
Megaman X9 Chapter 3: Bizarre Cases(After you defeat 4th Maverick)Megaman X9 Chapter 3: Bizarre Cases8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
On Alia’s analysis, she finds it odd that the maverick signs only involve Old generation reploids. So far the information they have gathered was that the mavericks only wanted to attack the humans settlements. Probably to drove them away. She wonders if those mavericks have a leader. Attacks are seemed to be planned.
On Layers analysis, she acquires information about Dr. Craig Sid. On the data, Dr. Sid is a colleague of Lumine. Lumine does have a copy chip but without Old generation reploids DNA. Lumine mentions to Dr. Sid about his plan to create a structure reaching space, the Jakob Elevator for space development. In order for plans to have higher success rate, Dr. Sid proposes to Lumine that his copy chip should contain old generation reploids DNA as well as the new generation reploids that is involve on developing the project. Because of the copy chips with Old generation reploids DNA, the new generation reploids with the direction of Lum
Megaman X9 Chapter 1: The SanctuaryThree weeks later. Due to the incident of Lumine and the new generation reploids going maverick. The new generation reploids production has been halted. Growing weary from the Reploids maverick actions, Humans have created a settlement away from the reploids from different places on earth. The New Generation Reploids incident of going Maverick was kept classified so it won’t spread fear to humans.Megaman X9 Chapter 1: The Sanctuary8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
X and Zero reported this incident from the higher authority. They mention about their comrade Axl in comatose because Lumine lashes something on his forehead. Axl have not awaken for 3 weeks so X and Zero decided to bring Axl to a more advance investigatory process because he does not show any sign of recovery from the Headquarters. They admitted Axl in New Generation Reploids Research Facility.
Dr. Craig Sid one of the most brilliant scientist of that time hears of the situation. He gets very interested when he heard that it has something in relation
Megaman X9 Chapter 2: ParasiteMegaman X9 Chapter 2: Parasite8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
(After you defeat 1st Maverick)
Dr. Craig Sid makes a worldwide announcement to the humans affected on the present maverick attacks. He expresses sympathy over the humans harmed by the Old generation Reploid mavericks. Showing a kind heart, he offers a newly built human settlement near the Jakob elevator. The settlement will only be for humans to secure them from another maverick attacks. He welcomes any humans who wanted to reside to that place. It was dubbed by Dr. Craig Sid, “The Sanctuary”. Humans are pleased with the announcement. Many humans immediately go to the sanctuary Dr. Sid proposes but some stayed to their places because they don’t trust the reploids anymore.
Hearing this, Dr. Sid gained the trust of X and Zero. The hunters realizes that it was Dr. Sid who created the Sanctuary.
(After you defeat 2nd Maverick)
The Headquarters receives a transmission for X and Zero from Dr. Sid. He had uncovered
Megaman X9 Chapter 4: The Jakob's Incident(After you defeat 7th Maverick)Megaman X9 Chapter 4: The Jakob's Incident8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
The Scientists involved on the medication of Axl were terribly shocked that Axl’s body fully changes its color. It mostly turned white and his hair changes color into purple. The scientist realizes that the capsule he was placed for is to speed up the parasites growing progress. They all realize that Dr. Craig Sid was not planning to exterminate the parasite but to help it overcome its host. When Dr. Craig Sid realizes that the scientists he worked with notice his ulterior action. He walked into the capsule with the attention of everyone in the facility. Dr. Sid picks up Axl on the capsule, carries him and pointed his fist to a scientist. His arm changes into a buster and massacred everyone on the facility. Dr. Sid leaves the facility to the place unknown.
(After you defeat the 8th Maverick)
Surprisingly, a Maverick they have defeated has gone through the Headquarters. Having a destroyed body, the Maverick
Not ALL BlankI started seeing the “not all ___” retort when it came to feminism. The response was “not ALL men,” usually as an argument to derail any discussion about how badly women are generally treated by the male gender. Since then, the phrase has started to apply to pretty much ANY sub culture/group. “Not ALL Bronies,” “Not ALL gamers,” “Not ALL comic artists” etc, etc. And most recently I saw it when I stated that I didn’t like 4chan because of how vile and vitriolic the website generally is. “Not ALL 4channers” is the gist of the argument. And I think this nonsense needs to stop.Not ALL Blank6 months ago in Personal More Like This
OF COURSE we know that “not all ____” is true. I don’t know anyone who actually believes that ALL men, ALL gamers, ALL 4channers, ALL bronies, etc are evil or bad. But guys... all those things have a reputation, and if that reputation is generally negative then you need to step up and correct it. And to
About that Phil Fish guy...So once again Phil Fish is in the news, and once again it’s about something “controversial” he’s said. Frankly, I don’t care what he said because at this point in Phil’s career... no one does. The only reason to post an article about Phil Fish is to drive up views and keep the conformational bias in check. “Oh look! Phil said something negative again! Yup! He’s an asshole alright! Herp derp!” ...ugh...About that Phil Fish guy...6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Before we go any further I want you all to watch this video. I don’t know if this was just good timing, but with this latest bit of “news” hitting the websites, it’s as good a time as any to step back and think about what’s really going on:
See, one of the reasons I don’t begrudge Phil Fish the same way EVERYONE ELSE does... is because I’ve been in his position. Fame, on the internet, is not the same as fame everywhere else. On the internet, no one is trying to see things from a different pers
Idunno Wut Ur Tryin Too SaeI luv yoo all too peeses, all yoo wochers. I just wanned to say so beefor this rant...Idunno Wut Ur Tryin Too Sae1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Speling is sooper importint. If yoo dunno how to spel or yoos punkshuashun, I dunno wut yur triin too say. I luv, yoo, so I forgiv yo. But othurs r not so nis. Othurs will stop triing to reed wut yoo rote an ignor yoo. Or wurs, insult yoo. It wil hindder yoo the wurst wen tring to get a job. Emploiers wont wayst ther tym with yoo. But bi far, the wurst part of misspeeling iz wen peeple dunt unnerstan yoo. Espeshaly wen teh bad speling is cuppled with bad gramer.
Fur alot ov yoo, its not ur folt. Iv herd that sum scools hav stoped teeching speling. That is such a crym agenst yoo, its reedikyulus. I no sum math teechers hoo wil hayt mee fur saing it, but onessly, speeling is mor impordint then most math. I bet ther r sum wurds heer yoo kant even figyur out beecuz its speeled so badlly. But seereeusly, if yu dun eevin no how too spel "ballon" I dunno, i fell lik yoo rnt old eenuff too bee onlyn. That bi
Unaware Bioshock Infinite Review 2 + HOW TO FIXSo I’ve finished Bioshock Infinite and can honestly say at this point that the story... did not impress me. Do not get me wrong, the story is big and bold and really worth putting to the screen... my problem more or less lies in the delivery. The WAY in which the story was told, bothers me. Let me see if I can explain.... oh and of course.. SPOILERS.Unaware Bioshock Infinite Review 2 + HOW TO FIX8 months ago in Personal More Like This
First, one of the biggest issues I have with the storytelling of this game is that everything is told, not shown. You are told that Elizabeth has a relationship with the songbird. You are told you are actually Comstock. You’re told your character was a drunk and a bad person, but we never see any evidence of it. You’re even told that your character has “history” with another character who inexplicably is in the city and who is trying to kill you for, whatever reason... but there is no prior information indicating that there’s anything between you and him and we don’t even get to see him up close un
Randy Queen vs EschergirlsI’ve covered this topic before in a previous journal, but since this is big news now I thought it best to reiterate it: Filing copyright take-down claims for the vast majority of outlets on the internet is frivolous, futile, and usually results in the exact opposite happening of what you intend.Randy Queen vs Eschergirls5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Randy Vs tumblr
Eschergirls, in case you weren't aware, is a hilarious blog where bad female anatomy (and especially the boobs + butt poses women often are contorted into) are put on display to be made fun of, but also for artists to show how simple fixes can completely change a drawing. It's a great website and I strongly recommend you watch their stuff.
For those who don’t know the story, Randy Queen (comic artist and creator of Darkchylde) has filed DMCA take down notices with the tumblr blog eschergirls: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/ The reason, it seems, is that he didn’t like the idea of people critiquing his questionable anatomy of female characters
Twitter Plug, Korra, NSYAC and Pirate UpdatesSDCC is finally here and as a result there’s probably gonna be a lot of amazing news dropped over this weekend. As such I just wanted to get some preliminary things out of the way before the bombs drop and obscure everything else.Twitter Plug, Korra, NSYAC and Pirate Updates5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I have a twitter. I’ve actually managed to keep up with it at a fairly reasonable pace, I think. Primarily I’m using it now to comment on things that are too small to make it into my main journals, but too important to pass up. Most of the times it’s just me musing about stuff. You can see the twitter feed above my journal on my DA frontpage (I always list the last 5 posts there), or you can follow me here: https://twitter.com/ADobsonComics
Korra is all digital now
I don’t know why Nickelodeon decided to do this, but they’ve yanked Legend of Korra off the air and are going to be broadcasting the remaining episodes of Season 3 and all of Season 4 on their online streaming service
Ask Me Anything: Answers 2- CreatingCreating & PublishingAsk Me Anything: Answers 2- Creating10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Who named Mace and Whip?
When we first began talking about the idea of a story in the dream world, my
roommate Brad named Mace. Then I named Whip, and the ball was rolling.
Number 1: Where did you get the idea for this comic and how has it changed
throughout the years?
My roommate Brad was having nightmares in college, and mentioned how awesome
it would be if there was a protector in his dreams to fight them off. This got
us talking about the concept, and we came up with Mace and Whip. That summer
I went home, researched dreams, and created a cast- Lilith, Namah, Bast and
It was originally planned to be a pitch for a TV show, but I switched it
to a comic to retain creative control. Volume 1 was the next stop, and from
there, we just kept creating.
Number 2: Who?
'The Doctor' works just fine.
Number 3: What?
Number 4: When?
Megaman X9 Chapter 6: Unavoidable BattleWhen Sid was about to shoot X, a loud buster sound struck everyone.Megaman X9 Chapter 6: Unavoidable Battle8 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Signas shoot Sid with a buster rifle! Humans panic. The three navigators take advantage of it and retrieve X and Zero. However Sid didn’t die and manages to escape.
X and Zero were brought to the headquarters and got repairs from Douglas. A day later, X and Zero were in full recovery. Signas tells to them that Sid is the mastermind behind the maverick attacks and the Jakob’s incident. Sid had taken Axl for his other antic. The record they got from the destroyed facility tells that Sid is trying to speed up the parasites progress to overcome its host. The hunters are tracing where Sid took Axl.
X and Zero found Sid’s hideout. It was the basement of the Jakob Elevator! They were able to know the location by extracting the former maverick’s data.
As they go deeper into the Jakob’s basement, they meet Dr. Craig Sid. He reveals to X and Zero about his ulterior motive.
When I first heard of Axl